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Census ambassadors hit the streets

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There can be a lot of apprehension about the Census, especially in immigrant communities – and many folks may not know that it’s used to decide how to allocate resources; more population often means more federal dollars.

Logan Square residents, including parent mentors at neighborhood schools, will get a short training and then hit the streets as neighbor-to-neighbor ambassadors, in an event sponsored by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association [2].  It starts ata 10 a.m. on Friday, Feburary 5, at Funston Elementary School, 2010 N. Central Park.

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On Saturday, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights [3] will launch a large-scale door-to-door effort to reach out to Asian, South Asian, Latin American, Polish and Arab communities to ensure that immigrants are counted in Census 2010.

Immigrants may unnecessarily fear legal sanctions here, and mistrust may also result from census methods used in their homelands, but there are over $400 billion in federal funds allocated to schools, clinics, libraries, and other many services based on the count, according to ICIRR.

Elected officials will join leaders of ICIRR, Chinese American Service League [4], Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund [5], Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce [6], Asian American Institute [7], and LSNA, among others, to kick off the campaign on Saturday, February 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Casa Moreles, 2015 S. Morgan.